In such a great time like this, in an highly sensitive period, where the generation we found ourselves is daily demanding more of our strenght to commitment, the understanding about God and ourselves must be vividly comprehended for an effective increase in every areas of our calling.
God gave man an Image, an image that is more powerful and essential than the vision and purpose given to man and when we fail to realize or arrived at the point of understanding the potency of our image, foreseen vision and purpose will get fustrated.
The antiquity of our lost memory as greatly deprived us from the indepth understanding of our image and because we failed to have a quality knowledge of our godly image and the effect of it's power and potency, our position was stolen by the spirit of ignorance. This spirit [ignorance] held unto our inheretance, so deeply that much is required to gain back our possesion.
We now live most of our time with an insecured mind set and undeveloped spirit. Until we fully understand the power and the effectiveness of our image, then a new experience of physical and spritual restoration will emerge in our life.
The enlish dictionary gives more clarity by it's definition of ''Image'' ''A characteristic of a person, group or company etc. Style, manner of dress, how one is, or wishes to be, perceived by others.''
Through this definition we could see and understand more about image. When we talk about image it is a projected manners of behaviours that represent and present a person in the conscious and subconscious mind of the external word. In other word,The promulgator of every action should be of more considration because what stimulate our thinking style, affect more of our actions, that forms and image about us. what determine our nature of thinking. For instance, taking a good look into the condition of our evironment today, we will discover that, majority of factors that never give's positive signal to the kind of image God has put in our mind are of much numbers, been sensitive enough to know where we belong and maintain the core of our image is the only remedy to this. And this will lead us to another stage, where we shall be considering our ''image source.''
THE IMAGE SOURCE
'' The only way to self discovrey is the pathway of histoy''
Journeying ourselves back to the origin of our life, is the only channel of exposition, to where we belong and our position, even in this contaminated environment, for our image realization, maximization and our image stability. The scripture made it known that God created man in his own image Genesis 1:27 '' So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.'' If God has created man in his own image, then the next question to ask should be, what then is the image of God? What are the attribute and functions that reaveals His image.
The answer to this question will add a shift to the level of our consciousness about our godly image. When we look at the chapter two of the same Genesis 2:7 '' And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.''
Two things are important and most be noted in this bible verse, the ''forming of the man'' and the ''living soul in the man.'' Man was formed from the dust, this reveals us that physically, the appearance of man can'nt be compared with God, because God was not made of dust. God formed man from the dust to give man a biological structure and in the biological make up of man's life lay's the biological image of a man. And that was why the scripture say's in genesis 5: 3 ''Adam lived a hundred and thirty years, and begot a son in his own likeness, after his image; The effect of this is that, there was both ''spiritual'' and ''biological'' transfer of gene from Adam to his son[Seth]
BIOLOGICAL IMAGE OF MAN
”Forming of the man”
God formed man from the dust, for man to be physically attributed to an earthly substance, and to be identify with a physical and biological body.
In the forming process of man, God put in man the ability and the capacity for image reproduction. And this capacity is embendded in a man's gene.
The genetical flow has exposed to us that man can't determine a lot about himself, biologically. Our height today is as a result of the gene transfered to us, likewise our colours, weight, physical structure, walking style, voice, blood group, and all that constitute our biological being. In other word we are the image of a transfered gene. Our biological existence and stage is not base on our choices but and inherited mode.
If this inherited or transmited gene alone is what then make's the totality of a man, then man will end up being a buddle of regret, because not everybody are satisfied with there body condition. And this will take us a further looking into the living soul in man. and breathed into his nostrills the breath of life; and man became a living soul.''
To be continue..
Bro John Emmanuel, A degree student of Centre for Biblical Survey & Theological Seminary, a school affiliated with Patriot Bible University, USA Nigeria Extension. A person of great desire to know more of God’s words.